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(From left) Junior communication and dramatic arts major Matthew Keith, CFA president junior Julia Stamey, and junior computer science and communications major Michael Sparks discuss a scene on the set of a project on Friday, Feb. 7, 2020.

UNC student filmmaker named finalist in study abroad film festival

Michael Sparks' film "My Trip to Japan" has been selected as one of three finalists in this year’s IES Abroad Study Abroad Film Festival. The filmmaker behind the grand prize-winning film will win $1,500. The public can vote for the winner on the festival’s website through Oct. 14. The winner will be announced live on YouTube Oct. 15 at 6:30 p.m. EST. 

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High-school student, Steven Zheng, spends his leisure time playing chess during an evening on Oct. 8, 2020.

'Even for a day': Students plan Mental Health Day self care

After Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz encouraged professors to cancel Oct. 9 classes in favor of World Mental Health Day, a flurry of opinions arose surrounding the matter.  Some students will have the opportunity to relax or take day trips, while others will still be in Zoom lectures and continuing the week as per usual. Students have started making self-care plans for Friday. 

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Two examples of students’ home screens customized through iOS 14. Photos courtesy of Kayla Dang (left) and Grace Lena (right).

Students customize homescreens in iOS 14 update

The update has been an outlet for self-expression for students everywhere, to the point that reorganizing your home screen has become a TikTok trend. Students have taken vastly different approaches to their home screen decor, each creating their own aesthetically-pleasing look. 

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